JESON Patrombon, a former world juniors No. 9, is first to see action for the Philippines when it battles Kuwait in the first round of the Asia Oceania Group II tie on Friday at Valle Verde.
Patrombon takes on Abdulrahman Alawadhi at 3 p.m. before veteran Ruben Gonzales battles Mohammad Ghareeb.
The doubles match is set on Saturday with the reverse singles slated the next day.
Veteran Treat Huey and Francis Casey Alcantara are also seeing actio for the Philippines with Karl Sta. Maria as non-playing team captain.
A Johnny Arcilla-led team won over Kuwait in 2002, and a Cecill Mamiit and Eric Tainio-powered Philippine squad won over Kuwait in 2007.
“This is the strongest Davis Cup team we have in recent years. I feel very confident on our chances of taking a 2-0 lead on the first day. I strongly believe Jeson and Ruben will deliver as they are fresh from having strong results playing in Asia and South America respectively,” said Cebuana Lhuillier-Philippine Davis Cup team manager Jean Henri Lhuillier.
“The goal is to win both singles matches and finish off the match in the doubles on Saturday with Treat Huey bannering our doubles team,” he added.